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PM backs further empowerment of HCMC

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PM backs further empowerment of HCMC

The Saigon Times Daily

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at a meeting in Hanoi on September 6 with the HCMC Party Committee on development orientations for the city until 2020 while Secretary of the HCMC Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan is seated next to PM Phuc - PHOTO: VGP

HCMC – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, speaking at a meeting in Hanoi on September 6 with the HCMC Party Committee on development orientations for HCMC until 2020, said he supported further empowerment of the city.

The Party executive committee of the Government has come to a common understanding that the city should be given more authority to make decisions, including those currently in the hands of ministries and ministerial-level agencies, he noted.

The city is in dire need of a special mechanism to fuel growth as it has a vital role in the nation’s social and economic development process, Phuc told the meeting which reviewed five years of implementing the Politburo’s Resolution 16-NQ/TW on orientations and goals until 2020 and special policies for HCMC.

According to Phuc, HCMC is the country’s economic locomotive and center for human resource training with a large number of universities and colleges. Having a large number of businesses and startups, the city has contributed the most to the State budget.

However, the city is struggling with a lot of difficulties, such as insufficient infrastructure, environmental pollution and social problems.

Therefore, the PM asked the city to propose policies, especially a special mechanism, to take full use of its advantages, ensure sustainable development and boost coordination with other localities.

Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung said at the meeting that it is imperative to adopt special policies and mechanisms for the city; otherwise, the city’s growth would cool in the long run.

Dung said the city should center on executing a couple of major plans, such as developing the city into a financial center where multinationals locate their offices, 

PM Phuc said the city should give more decision-making power to departments and agencies, and set up a long-term, strategic development plan for the city with orientations and targets until 2025 and a vision towards 2035.

Secretary of the HCMC Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan said at the meeting that HCMC is the most developed city in Vietnam with economic growth 1.5 times higher than the country’s average. However, the city’s development has slowed down in the past ten years due to lower-than-needed investments.

“HCMC has the largest population in the country, with population density 15-20 times and gross domestic product (GDP) 30-40 times higher than the country’s average. Therefore, the city needs higher investments in infrastructure, especially in roads, waste treatment, water supply, education and healthcare,” Nhan said.

Nhan proposed giving the city financial autonomy, increasing wages for public servants and strengthening staff of the steering committees of the southern key economic zone and the HCMC region.

 

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